ware

1
[wair]

noun

Usually wares.
  1. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
  2. any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable: an actor advertising his wares.
a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware; glassware.See also -ware.
pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
Archaeology. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.

Nearby words

  1. wardrobe malfunction,
  2. wardrobe mistress,
  3. wardrobe trunk,
  4. wardroom,
  5. wardship,
  6. warehou,
  7. warehouse,
  8. warehouse receipt,
  9. warehouseman,
  10. warehouser

Origin of ware

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

ware

2
[wair]Archaic.

adjective

watchful, wary, or cautious.
aware; conscious.

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.

to beware of (usually used in the imperative).

Origin of ware

2
before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr

ware

3
[wair]

verb (used with object), wared, war·ing. Scot. and North England.

to spend; expend.

Origin of ware

3
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest

ware

4
[wair]

noun Scot. and North England.

the first season in the year; spring.

Origin of ware

4
1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse vār spring; perhaps akin to Latin vēr (see vernal), Greek éar spring

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British Dictionary definitions for wares

wares

pl n

articles of manufacture considered as being for sale
any talent or asset regarded as a commercial or saleable commodity
(Caribbean) earthenware

ware

1

noun (often in combination)

(functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
See also wares

Word Origin for ware

Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware

ware

2

verb

another word for beware

adjective

another word for wary, wise 1

Word Origin for ware

Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware

ware

3

verb

(tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander

Word Origin for ware

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja

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Word Origin and History for wares
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